2012 Reading Challenges

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Completed Challenges

Men in Uniform
Mount TBR
Off the Shelf
Speculative Fiction
SCi-Fi Challenge

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Men in Uniform 2012
What: 2012 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: The Book Vixen
Rules: Pick a reading level. Read books featuring men in uniform — the military, cops, firefighters, etc. For details and sign-up, go here.

Sergeant – Read 1–5 men in uniform novels
01. Ethan Kelly (former Navy SEAL) – The Darkest Hour (Maya Banks) {28 Jan 12}
02. Charlie Rand (former Navy SEAL) – A Warrior’s Desire (Pamela Palmer) {3 Feb 12}
03. Frank Mallory (New York detective) – Murder on Washington Square (Victoria Thompson) {21 Feb 12}
04. John Devlin (cop) – The Restorer (Amanda Stevens) {1 Mar 12}
05. Connor Lopez (New York detective) – Doppelgangster (Laura Resnick) {18 Mar 12}

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What: 2012 Mount TBR Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Bev (My Reader’s Block)
Rules: Choose a “mountain”. Only books owned prior to 1 January 2012 count. No library books, advanced reader copies (ARCs), or re-reads allowed. Audiobooks count, as long as they are owned by the individual and meet the same requirements listed above. Reviews not required. To sign up, visit Bev.

Climb Mt. Ararat: Read 40 books.

This challenge is tracked here.

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What: 2012 Off the Shelf Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Dutchie (Bookish Ardour)
Rules: Read books that you own, but haven’t gotten around to reading, for whatever reason. Only books you own prior to 1 January 2012 count toward the challenge. Go here for more details and sign up.

Level: Making A Dint — 30 books (COMPLETED JUNE 2012)

This challenge is tracked here.

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What: 2012 Speculative Fiction Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Adventures of 2.0
Rules: Pick a level. Read. Audio and e-books are fine. No need to list books ahead of time. Don’t know what “speculative fiction” is? Quoted from the post:

  • Science Fiction: hard/soft SF, cyberpunk, time travel, alternative history, space opera
  • Fantasy Fiction: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, quest, mythical fantasy, steampunk
  • Horror Fiction: paranormal, gothic literature, splatterpunk
  • Supernatural Fiction
  • Superhero Fiction
  • Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

I will be doing the Excited level (six book).

1. Fantasy – Grave Witch (Kalayna Price) {5 Jan 12}
2. Futuristic – Ceremony in Death (J. D. Robb) {30 Jan 12}
3. Fantasy – A Warrior’s Desire (Pamela Palmer) {3 Feb 12}
4. Fantasy – Paranormalcy (Kiersten White) {6 Feb 12}
5. Fantasy – Seduced by Shadows (Jessa Slade) {29 Feb 12}
6. Fantasy – Oracle’s Moon (Thea Harrison) {13 Mar 12}

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What: 2012 Sci-Fi Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Ellie (Curiosity Killed the Bookworm)
Rules: Read science fiction books. Quoted from her blog:

There’s more to science fiction than aliens and spaceships. The dictionary definition is: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component. So that includes dystopias, zombie viruses, genetic engineering gone awry, time travel, steampunk, extreme weather, space exploration and, of course, aliens.

6-10 books.

1. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (James Luceno) – 21 Jan 12
2. Ceremony in Death (J. D. Robb) – 30 Jan 12
3. Children of Scarabaeus (Sara Creasy) {22 Jun 12}
4. Vengeance in Death (Robb, J. D.) {17 Jul 12}
5. Holiday in Death (J. D. Robb) {15 Sep 12}
6. Assassins in Love (Kris DeLake) {23 Sep 12}

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Incomplete Challenges

Fairy Tale Challenge
What: 2012 Fairy Tales Retold Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Debz (Debz Bookshelf)
Rules: Pick a reading level and read the required number of books. For details, go here.

Peasant” (3 books).

Potentials:
A Curse as Dark as Gold (Elizabeth C. Bunce)
My Fair Godmother (Janette Rallison)
Before Midnight (Cameron Dokey)
A Kiss at Midnight (Eloisa James)
When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Eloisa James)

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Harlequin Reading Challenge
What: 2012 Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Evy (Islandgirl Reads Romance)
Rules: Read a total of six books in twelve months. Below are the requirements for the challenge. For details, go here.

Read one book for each of the following requirements:

  • The name of a place in the title (whether a country or small city or town)Her Singapore Fling (Kelly Hunter) {1 Jan 12}
  • A weather condition in the title (snow, rain, storm etc.)Winter’s Edge (Anne Stuart) {22 Feb 12}
  • A Title must be in the title of the book (Prince, Countess, etc)The Restorer (Amanda Stevens) {1 Mar 12}
  • The author’s first or last name beginning with the letter M Maria V. Synder, Inside Out {30 Sep 12}
  • A Holiday/Season in the title (Valentine, Christmas, Summer, etc)The Christmas Inn (Stella MacLean) {6 Dec 12}
  • A color must be in the title (red, blue, green etc)

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HP Reading Challenge
What: 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Penelope (The Reading Fever)
Rules: Read the Harry Potter series. For more information and sign-up, go here.

  • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling) {21 Nov 12) ** e-book **
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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2012 Romance Reading Challenge
What: 2012 Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Naida (the bookworm)
Rules: Read a total of five books in twelve months. For details and sign-up, go here.

For 2012, I’ve decided some of my self-imposed criteria will be uniform. What I mean by that is:

  • All five books must be written by new-to-me authors
  • No Young Adult
  • No category romances, including books written under any of the Harlequin imprints (Mira, Luna, HQN, etc)

Now for the book-specific criteria. I will read one:

  1. Historical (no paranormal elements)A Secret in Her Kiss (Anna Randol) {24 Jun 12}
  2. Contemporary (no paranormal elements; no romantic suspense)
  3. Speculative Fiction (this includes: science-fiction, paranormal, steampunk, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, etc.)Seduced by Shadows (Jessa Slade) {29 Feb 12}
  4. Romantic Suspense (no paranormal elements)The Darkest Hour (Maya Banks) {28 Jan 12}
  5. Semi-Wild Card (still adheres to the general criteria, but can be any type or romance)Lord and Lady Spy (Galen, Shana) {10 Aug 12}

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What: 2012 What’s in a Name 5
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Beth (Beth Fish Reads)
Rules: Read a total of six books, one for each of the categories listed.

  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the titleFlowerbed of State (Dorothy St. James) {31 Mar 12}
  2. A book with something you’d see in the sky in the titleOracle’s Moon (Thea Harrison) {13 Mar 12}
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title
  4. A book with a type of house in the titleThe Glass House (Ashley Gardner) {21 Apr 12}
  5. A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the titleThe Diva Runs Out of Thyme (Krista Davis) {31 Aug 12}
  6. A book with something you’d find on a calendar in the titleWinter’s Edge (Anne Stuart) {22 Feb 12}

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